Welcome to Mackintosh's March Newsletter

Spring FlowersThe 20th March marks the Vernal Equinox and despite the lingering cold mornings and easterly cool winds one can sense the start of spring with the beautiful displays of crocuses that abound the parks and gardens of London. Spring is a very busy time for London Caterers and for Mackintosh’s it is no exception. The longer days make everyone happier and with the winter blues put away for the next eight months our clients are ready to entertain. It might be too early to think of barbeques but whether it’s a drink and canapé party or something a little grander such as a sit down dinner or lunch, and you have the space outdoors, Mackintosh’s has some great ideas. So if you are thinking of an event please give us a ring and a member of the Mackintosh team will be very pleased to discuss your party. Big or small Mackintosh’s will always design a proposal to fit within your budget.

March also heralds a number of important events in the year’s calendar: St. Patrick’s Day and of course the Cheltenham Festival. Having lived for many years in New York I am always surprised how low key in comparison St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in the UK or even Ireland. I suppose quite sensibly the thought of drinking green beer doesn’t hold much appeal on these shores! But however you wish to celebrate, may I wish all our Irish clients and readers a very happy St Patrick’s Day.

Although Mackintosh’s has been involved with a number of charitable events over the year I have decided to make a personal contribution by running the London Marathon to raise money for one of my personal favourite charities known as Whizz-Kidz. The charity provides specialised wheelchairs for children and young adults whose financial circumstances are insufficient to purchase them and which are not supplied by the NHS. It’s not being in a wheelchair that stops kids having a childhood… it’s being in the wrong wheelchair. The cost of these chairs can be very expensive as they cost on average anywhere from £3000 to £5000. I have already run three marathons for this charity and having listened to young disabled children speak about how, having been given a wheelchair it has changed their lives by giving them independence, I know what wonderful work they do. If you would like to find out more about Whizz-Kidz please look at their web site at www.whizz-kidz.org.uk. I would of course be delighted if you decide to make a donation to the charity by helping me reach my fundraising goal of buying a wheelchair for one of the thousands of children waiting for the chance of independence. On behalf of Whizz-Kidz may I thank you in advance for any donation that you care to make.

Any donation to: www.justgiving.com/Nicky-Mackintosh goes directly to Whizz-Kidz

I hope you enjoy reading this month’s newsletter with its very special feature on a fantastic reception for the Relais and Chateaux Association at the Historic Middle Temple venue in central London. Of course we have delicious recipes for you to try your hand at. As Easter is early this year I would like to wish our clients and many readers a very enjoyable and peaceful holiday.

By Nicky Mackintosh


Relais & Châteaux event
 

On Thursday 4th February Relais & Châteaux asked Mackintosh’s to cater for the final evening of their UK Showcases in the heart of London at the beautifully historic Middle Temple Hall. More than 60 hotels exhibited and the crème de la crème of the travel industry, travel press and VIP clients attended. They were given a choice of Laurent Perrier or Pommery Champagne as well as premiere white or red wine.

Our attentive waiters made sure that all of the 500 guests had their choice of drink and were well looked after. Mackintosh’s Catering’s chefs were extremely excited to be preparing canapés for so many leaders in the industry. The warm chicken ballentine with wild mushrooms, spinach and tarragon wrapped with parma ham and served with an aioli dip was a particular favourite. The favourite among the Michelin star chefs were our handmade California rolls served with a soy dipping sauce and wasabi.

 

Trendy Foods for 2010

 

Once a must at any children’s birthday party the cup-cake became ‘the trendy food’ to be served at any party. Recently the simple éclair has been added to the list of ‘trendy foods’ and can be seen with all sorts of sweet brightly coloured toppings. Not to be out done Mackintosh’s have added another dessert trend to our menus. A modern twist on an old world classic from southern Italy, the Cannolis. Two bites of crunchy pastry with a selection of fun fillings will be the perfect end to a party of Mackintosh’s fabulous drinks and food.

 

The new fillings are key lime pie, cappuccino, pistachio, cherry pie, strawberry, coconut cream pie, banoffi and kit kat.


Did you know about St Patricks day?

St Patrick’s Day is on 17th March as this is the date of St Patrick’s death in 461AD.

It was originally as religious festival to celebrate the fact that St Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland.

St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland but was born in Roman Britain in 385AD.

As a boy St Patrick had been captured and taken to Ireland where he spent six years in slavery herding sheep before he escaped back to Britain. He later returned to the country to preach Christianity.

Today the traditions have come a long way from the religious feast day celebrated in Roman times.

Green is the traditional colour as it is the colour of the shamrock which it is said St Patrick used as a symbol of the holy trinity. In Ireland they also wear blue as this was St Patrick’s colour.

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Venue Of The Month
Middle Temple

Located in the heart of London’s legal quarter, Middle Temple Hall is one of the four ancient Inns of Court. Just a few minutes from Fleet Street, The Strand and Embankment and overlooking the river Thames, it is the perfect environment for corporate and private events

Middle Temple Hall was built between 1562 and 1573 and remains virtually unchanged to this day having survived the Great Fire of London and both World Wars. Middle Temple continues to service the legal profession today, and also houses some of the most imposing event space in London. This fantastic venue is available for formal dinners, weddings, meetings, receptions, corporate events, garden parties and outdoor functions and can accommodate up to 500 people. If your event is on a smaller scale there are a number of beautiful room to choose from which would be suitable for a more intimate gathering.

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